Idea of founding official Mumbai’s Java Users Group came to me when I attended Jcrete Unconference in 2017 http://www.jcrete.org/ At Unconference I met with Christos Manios ( @maniosolr ) and Giorgos Gaganis ( @ggaganis ). I was really impressed with activities they carried out under Thessaloniki JUG, they founded. It made me think “do we have official JUG for Mumbai region?”
I was at JCrete two weeks ago. For those who don’t know, it is an awesome Java unconference where everyone with their family to talk about Java. It has been created by Heinz Kabutz a.k.a The Java Specialist. I was really happy to see a bunch of heads I haven’t seen since moving back to Montreal.
One of the sessions I’ve led was about data visibility according to the JMM. I didn’t care about lock and synchronization. Just data visibility.
A unique, unconventional conference
Can you imagine a conference without a list of featured speakers? Would you attend a conference without an agenda?
I was lucky enough to attend JCrete 2017, a 5-day conference for Java developers that is held in Chania-Greece, and see for myself how such a unique conference (also called unconference) works in practice.
JCrete 2017: A once in a lifetime experience
In late 2016 I was chatting with @GeertjanW about #JCrete and what I have to do to get there: I’m neither a Java Champion nor has my book already been published. For whatever reason however @HeinzKabutz invited me to the special 2017 edition of JCrete with a bigger number of attendees.
I loved every single minute being part of an amazing unconference and even better, part of that community, but honestly: It wasn’t vacation at all. From early morning to late in the night surrounded by people that have something to say and with whom one can have a great discussion is rewarding but also exhausting. Discussions where really high level.
I don’t know if JCrete is the best conference in the world, as they say, but for sure is the best conference I ever attended.
This is year it was my third time and I really enjoyed. Friends, Programming and Food!
Thanks to Heinz and the whole team who made this possible: Dimitri, Rabea, Ixchel, Andres and all the others!